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Sentence Correction: Work Order

What is the first step in assessing a Sentence Correction question?

Correct!

Sentence Correction Work Order 

1. Read the entire sentence and identify 0-2 mistakes.

What is the next step?

Incorrect.

If you do not read the entire sentence, you might miss mistakes such as a disagreement between an underlined verb and a non-underlined subject. 

Example: The corporation, in an effort to reduce costs, want to purchase an offshore manufacturing facility in Spain.

Only by reading the full sentence do we notice that the correct form should be (the...conglomerate wants, not want.

Correct. 

Sentence Correction Work Order

1. Read the entire sentence and identify 0-2 mistakes.

2. Go over the 5 answer choices vertically, focusing only on the part(s) in which the original sentence is mistaken. Eliminate answer choices that repeat the original mistake(s). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

What is the next step?

Incorrect. This takes a long time, which you don't really have on the GMAT, and might confuse you, as not all differences are relevant. Some of them are decoys.

Nope. Unlike grammatical rules, which are air tight, meaning is a more fluid matter. A change in the sentence that one person would consider to be a change in meaning would be perceived by another person as an insignificant change. Thus, we postpone decisions based on meaning to a later stage.

Very good!

Sentence Correction Work Order

1. Read the entire sentence and identify 0-2 mistakes.

2. Go over the 5 answer choices vertically, focusing only on the part(s) in which the original sentence is mistaken. Eliminate answer choices that repeat the original mistake(s). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

3. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all grammatically incorrect/ illogical answer choices. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

What is the next step?

Good!

Sentence Correction Work Order

1. Read the entire sentence and identify 0-2 mistakes.

2. Go over the 5 answer choices vertically, focusing only on the part(s) in which the original sentence is mistaken. Eliminate answer choices that repeat the original mistake(s). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

3. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all grammatically incorrect/ illogical answer choices. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

4. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all stylistically flawed answer choices (i.e., redundant and/or ambiguous ones). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

What is the next step?

Right you are!

Sentence Correction Work Order

1. Read the entire sentence and identify 0-2 mistakes.

2. Go over the 5 answer choices vertically, focusing only on the part(s) in which the original sentence is mistaken. Eliminate answer choices that repeat the original mistake(s). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

3. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all grammatically incorrect/ illogical answer choices. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

4. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all stylistically flawed answer choices (i.e., redundant and/or ambiguous ones). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

5. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all answer choices that change the meaning of the original sentence. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

What is the last step?

Incorrect. There is a step that should come before this one - eliminating answer choices that change the meaning of the original sentence.

Incorrect. Meaning is obscure whereas the stylistic preferences of avoiding ambiguity and redundancy are clearer. That's why we're better off dealing with stylistic preferences BEFORE making decisions on the shaky basis of meaning.

Very good! The complete work order is (ROGer iS Mean & Fit):

Sentence Correction Work Order

1. Read the entire sentence and identify 0-2 mistakes.

2. Go over the 5 answer choices vertically, focusing only on the part(s) in which the original sentence is mistaken. Eliminate answer choices that repeat the original mistake(s). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

3. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all grammatically incorrect/ illogical answer choices. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

4. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all stylistically flawed answer choices (i.e., redundant and/or ambiguous ones). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

5. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all answer choices that change the meaning of the original sentence. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

6. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all answer choices that do not fit into the rest of the sentence (i.e., the part of the original sentence that is not underlined).

Incorrect. Anyway, that was the last step. Here's the complete work order (ROGer iS Mean & Fit):

Sentence Correction Work Order

1. Read the entire sentence and identify 0-2 mistakes.

2. Go over the 5 answer choices vertically, focusing only on the part(s) in which the original sentence is mistaken. Eliminate answer choices that repeat the original mistake(s). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

3. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all grammatically incorrect/ illogical answer choices. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

4. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all stylistically flawed answer choices (i.e., redundant and/or ambiguous ones). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

5. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all answer choices that change the meaning of the original sentence. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

6. If you're left with more than one answer choice, eliminate all answer choices that do not fit into the rest of the sentence (i.e., the part of the original sentence that is not underlined).

This question tests your understanding of the entire SC work order.

Reading the underlined part only - this saves time.
Reading the entire sentence and identifying 0-2 mistakes.
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Go over the 5 answer choices and see where they're different.

Go over the 5 answer choices vertically, focusing only on the part(s) in which the original sentence is mistaken. Eliminate answer choices that repeat the original mistake(s). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

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Eliminate all answer choices that change the meaning of the original sentence. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

Eliminate all grammatically incorrect/ illogical answer choices. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

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Eliminate all stylistically flawed answer choices (i.e., redundant and/or ambiguous ones). If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

Eliminate all answer choices that change the meaning of the original sentence. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

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Eliminate all answer choices that change the meaning of the original sentence. If you're left with one answer choice only - choose it.

Eliminate all answer choices that do not fit  into the rest of the sentence (i.e., the part of the original sentence that's is not underlined).

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Eliminate all answer choices that do not fit  into the rest of the sentence (i.e., the part of the original sentence that is not underlined).

Read all the answer choices again carefully just to make sure there isn't a better answer choice than the one you're left with.
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